If you sustained a severe injury in an accident that someone else caused, you need someone on your side who stands ready to fight for your future. You need a compassionate advocate who will aggressively pursue justice and financial compensation for your damages. Depending on the details of your case, you may have the right to recover compensation for your medical treatment, lost income, emotional trauma, and more.
The Port Orange personal injury lawyers at Rue & Ziffra have been pursuing justice for our clients since 1976. Our extensive experience and tenacious determination for justice will help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
What makes us different from any other personal injury lawyer in Port Orange?
Over the last 40+ years, our firm has resolved cases for nearly 30,000 clients. Our attorneys alone have almost 200 years of combined experience.
To date, we have recovered more than $438,000,000 for our clients. You can see for yourself by perusing some of our settlements and verdicts. Although the outcome of your case will not necessarily reflect these numbers, we can see just how tirelessly we work to get results for our clients.
We take a team approach to every case and put the entirety of our knowledge and experience to work for you. We have a substantial network of resources standing by to provide whatever we need for your case.
We have been named an “AV Preeminent” law firm by Martindale-Hubbell for our exceptional level of service. We also win their gold “Client Champion” designation year after year. We have a Better Business Bureau A+ rating, and we have been BBB accredited since 1995. Our clients enthusiastically refer us to friends and family and leave us glowing customer testimonials.
As proud as we are of our experience and accomplishments, we are only as good as the service we provide to you. We are fighters who know how to get things done, and we put it all on the line to bring you justice and the compensation you deserve.
Port Orange is a truly amazing place to live, work, and play. At the heart of the Fun Coast, we enjoy every amenity that central Florida provides. Our growing community enjoys a thriving economy with the countless job and educational opportunities.
Our delightful city was founded more than 150 years ago on the principles of freedom and equality. Today, we retain the progressive spirit of our founders. Our sense of dedication and unity is unparalleled in Florida and throughout the U.S.
We are grateful for the natural beauty that surrounds us and are committed to its care. In fact, Port Orange has received the Tree City USA award by the National Arbor Day Foundation 34 years in a row!
With boating, fishing, golf, and countless other waterfront activities to choose from, you can’t help but recognize the depth and beauty of our community. Through our RZ Cares program and other involvement, Rue & Ziffra gives back as much as possible to our community.
We invest that same level of care and commitment in every client. We understand how much you need a powerful advocate to fight against the injustice you’ve experienced, and we stand ready to take on notorious insurance companies.
Among all the benefits of living in Port Orange lurks a disturbing—and growing—trend: injury accidents. A quick glance at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Crash Dashboard tells a cautionary tale.
In 2018 (the most recent period for which data is available), Volusia County experienced almost 10,000 crashes, more than 6,750 of which resulted in injuries or death. Some notable statistics include:
The balance is composed of motor vehicle accidents, including passenger vehicles, commercial trucks, busses, etc.
No matter how careful you may be as you go through your day, any incident or accident can radically impact your life in a matter of seconds.
Our team of experienced attorneys works exclusively with personal injury clients. Because this complex area of the law is our sole focus, you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and experience to get the job done for you.
These are just some of the types of cases we can assist with:
We handle other types of personal injury cases as well. If you suffered your injuries in a manner not listed above, simply give us a call to discuss the details and learn how we can help you.
It’s natural for you to have questions at this time. Unless you have been through this experience in the past, you likely have no idea what to expect. When you meet with us, we will provide an in-depth explanation of the process as it relates to your case. But until that time, browse our FAQs to learn more about the personal injury claims process.
Although every case is unique, both in its details and in how we approach it, the process remains essentially the same for most of our clients. We can break it down into five basic steps.
As soon as possible after an injury accident, contact us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. If you can’t meet at our office, we will come to your home or your hospital room. During the initial consultation, we gather as much information as possible about your case. Armed with that knowledge, we can explain your options and help you get started with the legal process.
Once you tell us to proceed, we launch a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your case. We have a team of experts, including professional investigators, who will uncover the critical details. We collect information and evidence that helps us build our case. We may also request information from other parties, take depositions, and request documents.
Once we assemble the information we need, we set about the process of assembling your claim. If necessary, we obtain opinions from subject matter experts and others to support various aspects of the claim. By putting together the strongest possible case, we place ourselves in a position of strength going into the negotiation phase.
In the next step, we submit the claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company with a demand letter. The demand letter essentially spells out the basis for our claim and what we believe is an equitable settlement to compensate you for your damages.
Once the insurance company has time to review the claim, we begin the negotiation phase of the process. If the insurance company engages in good faith negotiations with us, we should soon arrive at a reasonable offer for settlement.
Although not every case proceeds perfectly or according to plan, we are proud to say that most of our cases do resolve in this way. If we cannot reach a settlement with the insurance company, we sit down with you and discuss the best options for our next steps.
It is best to avoid trial for several reasons, but we are not afraid to take your case to court if necessary.
Typically, personal injury cases allow the victim to recover compensation for:
To calculate the value of your claim, we identify all recoverable damages you sustained. Your damages could include some or all of the following:
If you suffer from long-term or permanent injuries, we will explore the possibility of including some or all of the following in your claim:
If your injuries resulted in any permanent damage, such as disability or disfigurement, your personal injury lawyer will include the monetary value of your loss in your claim.
We start by investigating your case exhaustively. We gather evidence and information that helps us demonstrate the at-fault party’s liability for your damages.
Although the specific documentation and evidence we need to make your case varies based on the nature of your incident or accident, some of the most common types of evidence we gather for a motor vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident might include:
For a dog bite, we might obtain veterinary records and any reports filed for any previous incidents. In a medical malpractice case, we would obtain information about the doctor’s medical licensure and any past history of problems.
As a part of the discovery phase, we will obtain documentation to support your recoverable damages. In addition to your medical bills, earnings history, and other proof of out-of-pocket expenses, we often call on experts to support specific aspects of your case. Some of the experts we might use in your case include:
Because every case is different, we will build your claim based on the details of your damages. Rest assured, we will fight every step of the way to get you the compensation you deserve.
Florida’s statute of limitations for negligence claims—the category into which most personal injury cases fall—requires you to file legal action within four years of your date of injury.
If your injuries resulted from medical malpractice, however, you have only two years to pursue your case. If the at-fault party is a governmental entity, you have three years to file; however, you have only six months from the date of the injury for discovery.
In some limited cases, you may be able to extend your statutory deadline. However, as that can pose a challenge, talking with a Port Orange personal injury attorney is critical. An attorney can advise you about the statute of limitations and how it applies to your case. This is the best way to preserve your legal rights to pursue justice and recover compensation.
We take a highly personalized approach with our clients. When you meet with us, we determine which of our personal injury lawyers is best suited to take the lead on your case. But because we believe in and practice a unique team approach to personal injury law, you will have the experience of our entire firm standing behind you.
From day one, our goal is to get you the settlement you deserve and to get it in your hands as quickly as possible.
We do successfully settle most of our clients’ cases without having to go to court. Presenting well-documented evidence and strong demand to the insurance company proves that we mean business. We push to enter negotiations as quickly as possible and proactively move the process along. Although the insurance company may attempt to stall or drag the negotiation process out, we don’t back down.
Should it become necessary, however, we will never hesitate to take your case to court. We are seasoned litigators with extensive courtroom experience. Once the insurance companies learn we’re on the case, they take notice.
If you have been the victim of a serious injury accident, your future could depend on the outcome of your case. Our nine personal injury attorneys alone have more than 180 years of combined experience. Let us put that wealth of experience to work for you.
A serious injury can leave you devastated physically, emotionally, and financially, but you don’t have to fight the battle alone.
Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you or schedule your free consultation with a Port Orange personal injury lawyer from Rue & Ziffra.